A multimedia projector with high brightness levels
- Great brightness levels, decent fan noise
- Low contrast
For a model that's marginally portable the Sanyo PLC-XU105 produces an incredibly bright picture. It doesn't display the richest and most colourful pictures, however.
Price$ 2,495.00 (AUD)
The PLC-XU105 from Sanyo is a good multimedia projector that can handle being set up in difficult conditions thanks to an extremely high brightness level.
Sanyo has opted for a thin, long body for the PLC-XU105, rather than a square, tall case like the Sharp PGF312X. The result is a projector with an understated, modern look. It's a compact projector, but at 3.5 kilograms it's not light, so you may find it difficult to carry for long periods of time.
The control panel on the top of the unit has a central arrow pad, with all other buttons arranged directly above and below. While this may be set out differently to most other projectors, it's functional enough to get the job done.
The projector has no DVI connector; instead there are two VGA ports. S-Video and composite are also present. When displaying content the PLC-XU105 performs well thanks to its high native resolution of 1024x768 pixels. Presentations look crisp, with no noticeable aliasing or pixelation on graphs and charts.
Colours are decently displayed, but the major failing point of the PLC-XU105 is its inability to display information within light and dark portions of colour pictures. The projector's contrast ratio is 500:1, which is simply not enough to display a full colour range. This means the projector is not so useful for displaying full-motion video compared to PowerPoint presentations, for example.
This is reinforced by the incredibly high brightness levels that the PLC-XU105 can produce: 4500 ANSI lumens is high enough to display a consistently bright background in a dark room. Even with overhead fluorescent lights switched on, the projector's image hardly lost any sharpness and clarity.
Noise from the unit, even at full brightness, was quite bearable. The PLC-XU105's fan has a low hum rather than a whir like some other models we've tested, which makes loud noises slightly easier to handle. Reported noise levels are 34dB in full brightness mode, which is a full 3dB lower than the Sharp PGF312X.
Another great feature offered is instant shut-down. Once you've finished with your presentation you can switch off the projector immediately, without waiting for any additional cooling by the fan. This is a definite bonus if you're on the move, and it is especially surprising considering its high brightness levels.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- 2 Panasonic Lumix G9 review: A mirrorless moulded to the needs of still-shooters
- 3 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 4 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- BenQ Debuts True 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projector Designed for Modern Families
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Comparing The Google Home’s Assistant To Amazon Echo’s Alexa
- Hands On: Pitting the Apple HomePod against the Sonos One
- MWC 2018: Everything You Need To Know
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSystem Administrator/ Level 3 SupportQLD
- TPCloud DevOps EngineerNSW
- FTConsulting Java DeveloperQLD
- FTSolution Architect - DigitalVIC
- TPContract ManagerACT
- CCHadoop DeveloperVIC
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- TPPrincipal Project ManagerQLD
- FTJunior ServiceNow Technical AnalystOther
- FTTechnical Consultant (Security)Other
- CCSolution ArchitectNSW
- CCPerformance AnalystNSW
- FTLead Mobile DeveloperQLD
- FTBusiness Analyst (Infrastructure/ Office Relocation)Other
- CCScrum MasterVIC
- FTInfrastructure ManagerNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTOracle Developer - EBSOther
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- CCPrincipal Project Manager - ieMR ImplementationNSW
- CCDigital Designer & DeveloperNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectWA
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | $971/dayQLD
- TPSharepoint AdministrationQLD
- FTField Supervisor - Pit RemediationVIC